Smartphone Sales Exceed 1 Billion for the First Time

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According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, smartphone sales exceed 1 billion for the first time in 2013. Vendors shipped a total of 1,004.2 million smartphones worldwide, up by 38.4% from the 725.3 million units in 2012. Furthermore, smartphones took 55.1% of all mobile phone shipments for the first time in 2013.

Vendor

2013 Shipment Volumes

2013 Market Share

2012 Shipment Volumes

2012 Market Share

Year-over-Year Change

Samsung

313.9

31.3%

219.7

30.3%

42.9%

Apple

153.4

15.3%

135.9

18.7%

12.9%

Huawei

48.8

4.9%

29.1

4.0%

67.5%

LG

47.7

4.8%

26.3

3.6%

81.1%

Lenovo

45.5

4.5%

23.7

3.3%

91.7%

Others

394.9

39.3%

290.5

40.1%

35.9%

Total

1,004.2

100.0%

725.3

100.0%

38.4%

Lenovo and LG were nearly doubling their 2012 shipment numbers during the 12-month period. Apple lost 3.4% of their market share. The director of IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker Ryan Reith noted: “Cheap devices are not the attractive segment that normally grabs headlines, but IDC data shows this is the portion of the market that is driving volume. Markets like China and India are quickly moving toward a point where sub-$150 smartphones are the majority of shipments, bringing a solid computing experience to the hands of many.”

We can expect that next year we will see even bigger incease of Huawai and Lenovo smartphone sales, because they have a wide range of middle price range smartphones.

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